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Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Innovative Aloft Brand To Expand Portfolio In California »

June 30, 2015 at 6:40AM PDT | Source: aloft hotels

Slated to Open in March 2017, aloft Dublin – Pleasanton will Appeal to the Evolving Global Traveler with Modern Style, Innovative Technologies and Live Music at W XYZ® Bar
STAMFORD, Conn. - June 30, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.® (NYSE:HOT) today announced its game-changing aloft brand will soon add yet another dynamic destination to its California portfolio with the upcoming debut of aloft Dublin-Pleasanton. Owned by Zenique Hotels, the new aloft is slated to open in March 2017 and will feature 120 loft-like rooms, a buzzing social scene and innovative brand-led programming.
“Designed for the evolving global traveller, aloft is a great fit for the tech-forward Dublin-Pleasanton area,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President, Specialty Select Brands for Starwood...

Cruise Planners’ Re-Introduces “Sea Of Love” Cruise Wedding Packages For All Couples »

June 30, 2015 at 5:20AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

On the heels of SCOTUS’ historic ruling about same-sex marriages, nation’s largest network of home-based travel agents offers complete wedding and event packages
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) June 30, 2015 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, recently enhanced its Sea of Love destination wedding program – with completely packaged weddings and vow renewals designed for all couples. This initiative enhances the company’s already growing wedding business, which has seen a spike during the past few years.
“We want to create memorable celebration ceremonies for all types of love and traditions,” said Vicky Garcia, COO and co-owner of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative...

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Cut Water, Energy & Emissions »

June 30, 2015 at 4:18AM PDT | Source: Starwood Hotels & Resorts

From Front-Line Associates to General Managers, Starwood Properties are Reducing their Environmental Footprint While Saving Money and Enhancing the Guest Experience
STAMFORD, Conn. - June 30, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced it has reduced energy use by 12.08%, carbon emissions by 16.07% and water use by 17.26% across all owned, managed and franchised properties from 2008 through 2014. The reductions stem from Starwood’s 30/20 by 20 environmental goals, launched in 2009, to cut energy use by 30% and water use by 20% by 2020 globally. In 2013, Starwood added a goal to reduce carbon emissions by 30% during the same timeframe.
“We’re pleased with the progress and are encouraged by the reductions we made while maintaining an aggressive global growth strategy,” said Ken Siegel, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Head of Global Citizenship at Starwood...

CruiseOne® Participates In #GiveThem20 Challenge To Raise Awareness For Military Veteran Employment »

June 29, 2015 at 11:47AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Home-based travel franchise challenges VetFran, CLIA and 1,000 CruiseOne franchisees.
June 29, 2015 // // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – Members of the headquarters team of home-based travel franchise CruiseOne® recently spent the afternoon at the beach, all in the name of a good cause. The military-friendly franchise displayed their support of recruiting military veterans by participating in the new social media campaign #GiveThem20, which is sponsored by the non-profit American Corporate Partners (ACP) and helps returning military veterans find employment opportunities. The team completed 20 jumping jacks and challenged Cruise Line International Association (CLIA); International Franchise Association’s VetFran Committee; and 1,000 CruiseOne franchisees...

The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts Breaks Ground On First Oceanfront Resort In Los Cabos »

June 29, 2015 at 11:13AM PDT | Source: The Luxury Collection

Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos, Marks the Seventh Luxury Collection Hotel in Mexico
LOS CABOS, Mexico - June 29, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) announced that the company broke ground on Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos over the weekend. The resort, owned by Quinta del Golfo de Cortez, SA de CV, will span 33 acres and include an extensive spa, residences, vacation ownership units and a private beach club. Slated to open in June 2017, Solaz will be Starwood’s first Luxury Collection hotel in Los Cabos and the brand’s seventh hotel in Mexico, following the recent conversion of Las Alcobas in Mexico City.
“This marks a milestone year for The Luxury Collection, as the brand continues to grow globally, debut marquee conversion hotels and invest in landmark renovations,” said Hoyt H...

Cruise Planners’ Brian Shultz Wins 40 Under 40 Award From South Florida Business Journal »

June 29, 2015 at 10:15AM PDT | Source: Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners’ Executive Vice President, Technology and Operations recognized for technology innovations, community service and company leadership
Coral Springs, Fla. (PRWEB) June 29, 2015 - Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the industry, announced today that Executive Vice President, Technology and Operations, Brian Shultz was awarded the 40 Under 40 Award from South Florida Business Journal.
Shultz has been with Cruise Planners for more than five years, and in that time, he has moved from Director of Technology, to Vice President to Executive Vice President. His latest role includes more of an overarching leadership role tapping into his pragmatic, strategic and forward-thinking skills...

Key West Inns Launches New Website With Enhanced Features »

June 29, 2015 at 8:28AM PDT | Source: Key West Inn

June 29, 2015 // // Birmingham, AL – Vimana Franchise Systems, home of the franchise friendly brands, Centerstone Inns, Hotels & Plaza Hotels as well as Key West Inn, Hotels & Resorts announced today the launch of a new website for the Key West brand of hotels.
The new site,, provides visitors a more enhanced experience and simpler navigation. The site has been completely redesigned to provide a better online booking experience. The result is a fresh, new look with streamlined navigation and more property content.
“Our brand continues to grow with quality properties and we felt it was time to refresh our site and enhance the guest experience,” said Amanda Belmonte, Vimana’s VP of Franchise Services, “We believe this site will lead to more direct bookings for our properties...

Hyatt Announces Timing Of Second Quarter 2015 Earnings Release And Investor Conference Call »

June 26, 2015 at 4:17AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

June 26, 2015 // // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (“Hyatt” or the “Company”) (NYSE: H) announced today that it will release second quarter 2015 financial results on Tuesday, August 4, 2015, before the stock market opens, followed by a conference call at 10:00 a.m. CT.
All interested persons may listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call, which may be accessed through the Company’s website at and selecting the Investor Relations link located at the bottom of the page, or by dialing 647.788.4901, passcode #73409721, approximately 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay will be available from 1:00 p...

Expedia CruiseShipCenters Offers Chance To Win An Unforgettable Disney Vacation »

June 25, 2015 at 6:36AM PDT | Source: Expedia CruiseShipCenters International Inc

One Lucky Winner Will Receive Vacation for Four on Disney Cruise Line
Bellevue, WA (PRWEB) June 25, 2015 - Imagine watching fireworks at sea in your best pirate outfit, swimming with stingrays in tropical waters off a private Bahamian island, meeting Anna and Elsa in person, or dining with Mickey Mouse.
Expedia® CruiseShipCenters® – part of Expedia Inc., is launching a most magical contest to award a spectacular land and sea vacation. One lucky winner could enjoy a vacation for four on a Disney Cruise Line ship and at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, all in one enchanting experience. The prize includes pure Disney magic at sea with a day of sun and fun on Disney’s own private island, Castaway Cay, plus the magic and thrills of all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks...

Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown - The Loop Celebrates Official Opening »

June 25, 2015 at 4:54AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

206-room Hyatt Place Hotel Located In Chicago’s Downtown Loop Area, The Heart Of Business, Financial And Theater Districts
June 25, 2015 // // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) and OTO Development today announce the opening of Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown-The Loop. This is the first Hyatt Place hotel in Chicago’s downtown Loop area, ideally situated just minutes away from shopping and cultural attractions.
“Chicago is a world-class city and travel destination, and Hyatt Place Chicago/Downtown-The Loop is a wonderful new option for all visitors. Located in the heart of the city’s business, financial and theater districts, the hotel offers convenient proximity to destinations like State Street, Millennium Park, the Magnificent Mile, American Girl Place, and many more...

Exceptional Riverside London Hotel Opens As DoubleTree By Hilton »

June 24, 2015 at 8:51AM PDT | Source: Doubletree Hotels, Suites, Resorts

DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands – Welcomes Guests Following Extensive Refurbishment
June 24, 2015 // // LONDON and MCLEAN, Va. – DoubleTree by Hilton today announced the opening of DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands on the banks of the River Thames, following an extensive refurbishment and reflagging.
The immaculate hotel offers 378 guest rooms with views across London’s iconic River Thames to Canary Wharf, a key business, shopping and entertainment precinct. It is the only hotel in London with its own pier – taking full advantage of its waterfront location – and offers stylish, modern accommodation, restaurants, bars and event venues. The hotel’s contemporary architecture and design draws inspiration from the site’s heritage as the distinguished Rotherhithe shipping dock – beautifully mixing modern comforts with the site’s historical maritime charm...

CruiseOne® Sells Out 2015 National Conference Aboard Norwegian Escape »

June 24, 2015 at 7:43AM PDT | Source: CruiseOne

Annual conference theme will be CONNECT.
June 24, 2015 // // Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – CruiseOne®, which is part of World Travel Holdings — the world's largest cruise agency and award-winning leisure travel company, has announced that its 2015 National Conference aboard the brand new Norwegian Escape, has officially sold out. With record-breaking attendance for the second year in a row of more than 900 attendees, the National Conference will feature the theme CONNECT and focus on setting the framework for developing strong relationships as well as new opportunities. Attendees will be encouraged to connect socially using the hashtag #ConnectConference.
“We are one of the first travel agencies to host a week long national conference at sea and are pioneers in creating a national conference featuring dynamic content designed to engage and educate everyone from newbies to seasoned agents at the same time,” said Drew Daly, general manager of network engagement and performance for CruiseOne...

The Westin Chicago River North Completes Extensive Renovation »

June 24, 2015 at 5:41AM PDT | Source: Westin Hotels & Resorts

Located Just Steps from the “Magnificent Mile” Shopping District, The Westin Chicago River North Boasts Fresh Guest Room Décor and Refurbished 20th Floor Executive Club Lounge
CHICAGO - June 23, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Westin Chicago River North, owned by Host Hotels & Resorts, recently announced it has completed an extensive renovation that resulted in the transformation of its 429 guestrooms and 20th floor Executive Club Lounge. Operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT), The Westin Chicago River North finished the three-month project in early March as part of the Westin brand’s efforts to continuously refresh its rapidly growing global portfolio, which topped 200 hotels in 2014...

Hospitality International, Inc. Welcomes Downtowner Inns Houston, TX »

June 23, 2015 at 6:19AM PDT | Source: Downtowner Inns

June 6, 2015 // // Tucker, GA - Hospitality International Inc. is pleased to welcome the Downtowner Inns Houston TX to the Hospitality International franchise system. The Downtowner Inns is centrally located close to so many area attractions such as the NASA Johnson Space Center or Bayou Place, a 130,000-square-foot entertainment megaplex featuring theaters, bars and restaurants. For the children or the child at heart try the water slides at Splashtown or the Houston Zoo. If shopping is for you, then try the Galleria Mall, the Woodlands Mall or the Market Center Complex. Play a round of golf at the Champions Golf Course, the PGA Golf Shell Open or Cypresswood Golf Club, just minutes from our hotel or enjoy a race at Sam Houston Race Park...

Carmelo Resort & Spa In Uruguay Joins The Hyatt Family »

June 23, 2015 at 4:34AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

Consistently Ranked As One Of Latin America’s Top Luxury Hotels, Carmelo Resort & Spa Joins The Hyatt Portfolio, Affording Guests The Benefits Of The Hyatt Gold Passport Loyalty Program
June 23, 2015 // // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H) today announced a Hyatt affiliate has entered into a franchise agreement with Hotel Corporation Uruguay, S.A. for Carmelo Resort & Spa in Carmelo, Uruguay. Formerly managed by Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, the resort will be operated as Carmelo Resort and Spa, a Hyatt Hotel. The hotel will be managed by the Hotel Corporation Uruguay, S.A. in conjunction with SMI Hotels & Resorts. Guests will now be able to earn and redeem Hyatt Gold Passport points when staying at Carmelo Resort & Spa, A Hyatt Hotel...

Hyatt Regency Makkah Officially Opens »

June 22, 2015 at 7:37AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Hotels & Resorts

First Hyatt Regency-branded Hotel to Open in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
June 22, 2015 // // CHICAGO – Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today the opening of Hyatt Regency Makkah in the holy city of Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) under a management agreement with Jabal Omar Development Company. The opening of Hyatt Regency Makkah marks the first hotel under a Hyatt brand to open in Makkah and the first Hyatt Regency-branded hotel to open in the KSA. A second Hyatt Regency-branded hotel in the KSA, Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, is expected to open in 2016.
Connecting travelers to who and what matters most, Hyatt Regency Makkah is located in the heart of the city. It is a one-minute walk to the holiest shrine of Islam – Al Masjid Al Haram or the Sacred Mosque – and close to several religious sites such as Mount Arafat, Muzdalifah and Mina...

The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts Invests $300 Million To Enhance And Grow North America Portfolio »

June 22, 2015 at 5:24AM PDT | Source: Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts

Following $500 Million Restoration Program in Europe, Starwood’s Largest Luxury Brand is Renovating and Converting Renowned Hotels throughout the U.S. to Meet Rising Domestic Demand for High-end Accommodations
NEW YORK - June 22, 2015 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - The Luxury Collection®, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing luxury hospitality brands, today announced, in coordination with its owner partners, a $300 million effort to expand and improve its hotel portfolio in North America. Part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts (NYSE:HOT), The Luxury Collection is investing in marquee hotel conversions and landmark renovations in diverse U.S. destinations, including Key West, Lake Tahoe, San Antonio and San Francisco, as it continues to grow around the world...

Newly Constructed Wyndham Hotel Opens In Peru’s Capital City »

June 19, 2015 at 10:27AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

The Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima is Lima’s newest upscale international hotel and the seventh property to open in the Peru under the Wyndham Hotel and Resorts® brand
June 19, 2015 // // LIMA, Peru – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world’s largest hotel company, announced the opening of the 144-room Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima, the seventh property to open in the country under the company’s upscale Wyndham Hotel and Resorts® brand with local partner Costa del Sol, bringing the brand’s room count to more than 800 rooms.
Wyndham Costa del Sol LimaThe newly constructed Lima hotel boasts a central location within walking distance of shops, cafés, restaurants and world-class shopping at Real Plaza Salaverry, and offers easy access to dozens of embassies, the financial district and the economic hub of Lima, making it ideal for business travelers...

Hyatt Place Chicago/Midway Airport Celebrates Official Opening »

June 19, 2015 at 4:07AM PDT | Source: Hyatt Place

148-room Hyatt Place Hotel Located At The Midway Hotel Center, Just Two Blocks Away From The Airport
June 19, 2015 // // CHICAGO – White Lodging Services, Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and the Weglarz Company today announce the opening of Hyatt Place Chicago/Midway Airport, just two blocks from Midway International Airport in Bedford Park, Ill.
“The Midway Hotel Center already features nine premium brands, and we are grateful to the Weglarz Family for giving us the opportunity to be a part of the campus,” said General Manager Justin Rodgers. “Hyatt Place Chicago/Midway Airport has many of the amenities that today’s multitasking travelers seek, and my team and I are very excited to be the first to welcome them to our hotel...

Holiday Inn Club Vacations® Brand Expands Its Signature Collection At Myrtle Beach Area Resort »

June 18, 2015 at 11:52AM PDT | Source: Holiday Inn

June 18, 2015 // // ORLANDO, FLA. – Together with InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) [LON: IHG, NYSE: IHG (ADRs)], one of the world’s leading hotel companies, Orange Lake Resorts announces the beginning of construction on a six-story addition of 27 upscale villas in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, area as part of the Holiday Inn Club Vacations® Myrtle Beach-South Beach Resort.
The purpose-built building will feature eight two-bedroom, 12 three-bedroom and seven four-bedroom spacious and elegantly appointed “Signature Collection” villas. South Carolina-based Dargan Construction Company will be acting as general contractor for the addition which is expected to open in January 2016.
Alongside this project, several enhanced amenities will be added to the resort...

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